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Kerri Broome, editor
March 2011

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In This Issue
Crowther Returns From Italy
Stanley Block Up For Local Designation
Federal Budget Update
AGO Report Released
SNOOP! at CWRU Alumni House
Heritage Ohio Award Nominations Due
Top Opportunities Due
Hisaka Exhibit
Sacred Landmarks Book Signing
Preservation Leadership Training
Ohio Chautauqua in Lakewood
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American Academy in Rome Dear Friends of Preservation,

I have returned from six weeks in Italy, mostly in Rome. I was fortunate to be a "Visiting Scholar" at the American Academy in Rome, which was a wonderful experience. The Academy is alive with scholars researching a range of interesting topics related to the extraordinary contributions to civilization and the arts, which is the essence of ancient Roman history. Working artists also reside at the Academy, and so I had a chance to interact with visual artists, composers, media producers, writers and poets. And yes, there were "historic preservationists": Laurie Rush, Cultural Resources Manager, United States Army, Department of Defense, Fort Drum, NY and John Matteo, Associate, Robert Silman Associates, Washington, DC. These two individuals are real assets to our field, and I would like to tell you about them in the future.

 

My time was spent touring the city and learning first-hand of the glories of Rome. I also had a chance to speak with Italian leaders of historic preservation in order to compare how they approach the same issues that we face, and how their issues differ from ours. I am currently writing an essay of my "findings" in order to document this experience and share it with others. This time away from Cleveland was wonderful, but I am also very happy to be home. I could not have been away for so long without the loyal support of our Board of Trustees and phenomenal staff. During my absence, Honorary Life Trustee Tom Jorgensen came into the office to help with the work that always needs to be done. What an honor for me that Tom, with his amazing experience and credentials, gave so much of himself to the organization.

 

More to follow - but I want you to know that it was an edifying experience that I will apply vigorously to our work here in Cleveland and northeastern Ohio.

  Kathleen  

 

Stanley Block

Stanley Block Up For Local Designation

The Cleveland Landmarks Commission will hold a public hearing on the merits of designating the Stanley Block, 2121 Ontario Street, as a Cleveland Landmark, this Thursday, March 3, at 1:00 p.m. The hearing will take place in Room 6 of Cleveland City Hall, 601 Lakeside Avenue. The Stanley Block is a commercial building constructed in the 1870s that has been home to many businesses and which includes a ballroom on its top floor.

 

US Capitol BuildingFederal Budget Update 

From the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this update on federal legislation affecting historic preservation funding: Last week the House passed its version of a year-ending continuing resolution (HR 1) for FY'11 with $61 billion in spending cuts. On the Senate side,Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that the Senate is seeking a one-month extension for FY'11 spending in the temporary CR that expires March 4, in order to reconcile differences with a two-week, House version that would include $4 billion in cuts already approved last week in HR 1. The one-month Senate CR would be at FY'10 spending levels, but the House is insisting that at least some of its already-passed budget cuts be included in the bill. A predicted government shutdown is looking more likely as both sides remain far apart. A prolonged government shutdown may ultimately lead to extending the CR at FY'10 levels ($79.5 million for the Historic Preservation Fund) for the remainder of the fiscal year, which would be a major victory for preservation funding. However, a grand compromise on discretionary spending, tax reform and entitlements programs is being formulated by a bi-partisan group of six senators, known as the "Gang of Six." If a broad agreement is reached with the House on this compromise Senate proposal, it could completely alter the funding landscape for preservation funding for FY'11 and beyond.

 

America's Great Outdoors Report Released

The Obama Administration released its America's Great Outdoors (AGO) report on February 16 but fell short of recommending full funding ($150 million) for the Historic Preservation Fund. The report did recommend full funding ($900 million) for natural resources conservation from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and also made strong statements of support for regionally based national heritage areas, heritage tourism, and historic battlefield protection. A strong endorsement was also made for the Antiquities Act of 1906 as a tool to "achieve national conservation goals." Historic preservation remains in the dialogue of America's Great Outdoors, but preservation advocates must continue to work toward for full funding for the Historic Preservation Fund. CRS will keep you informed as we hear more about this issue from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

 

CWRU Alumni HouseSNOOP! Around CWRU's Alumni House

CRS invites members to tour the Case Western Reserve University Alumni House on Saturday, March 12 at 10:00 a.m. The beautiful home that is now the Alumni House was built in 1910 as a private residence for William Webster Chamberlain and Caroline Simpson Chamberlain, on land they bought from the Wade Park Allotment owned by Jeptha and Ellen Wade. The Chamberlains employed the Cleveland architectural firm of Knox and Elliot, known for the Rockefeller Building and May Company Building downtown, as well as the Euclid Beach Park Pavilion and several other houses in the University Circle area, now demolished. In 2009 the rehabilitation of the property as the university's place for alumni to gather was lauded by CRS and AIA Cleveland with a preservation award. RSVP to CRS for the SNOOP! by email or by calling 216- 426-3110.

 

Capitol Theatre Interior

Heritage Ohio Award Nominations Due

Heritage Ohio is asking for nominations of people, places & projects that exemplify the commitment to preservation & revitalization, to be honored at its annual awards program. There are eleven categories of awards. Click here for more information. The nomination form is available online and must be submitted by March 14. (Capitol Theater in Cleveland, shown here, was a 2010 award winner.) 

 

 

Top Preservation Opportunities Due

Heritage Ohio is now accepting nominations for its annual list of the top preservation opportunities in the state. The Top Preservation Opportunities List, now in its fifth year, is intended to draw attention to buildings that may be under-utilized or await redevelopment. It also seeks to show the public that what may appear as a vacant building today may be tomorrow's hot spot. A Top Opportunity may offer a prime location for loft housing, the latest restaurant or retail establishment, or a new center of commerce. Nominations are due by March 14.

 

Don Hisaka, FAIAHisaka Architecture Exhibit Happenings 

The Cleveland Artists Foundation will be showcasing the work of architect Don Hisaka from March 25 to May 21. Don Hiska: The Cleveland Years will consist of photographs, designs, models, taped conversations and a resource table and panel discussions that illuminate Hisaka's work. Programs in conjunction with the exhibit will be held at the Cleveland Artists Foundation gallery at Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Ave, Lakewood. The opening reception will be held on Friday March 25 at 6:00 p.m. On Thursday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m. there will be a panel discussion on the context for the exhibit: Modern Mid-Century Architecture. The Art of Architecture will be the second panel discussion that will take place on Thursday April 14. On Saturday May 7, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., a panel of peers and clients will celebrate Don. The guest speaker will be Don Hisaka himself.  Lastly, a tour of Temple B'nai Jeshuren will take place on Sunday, May, 8 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. All events are open to the public, free to CAF members, $5.00 for non members. For additional information please contact Lauren Hansgen of the Cleveland Artists Foundation at 216-227-9507.

 

Hoffman book

Sacred Landmarks Book Signing

CRS invites members to a presentation by Douglas R. Hoffman, AIA, about "Markers of the Sacred" on Saturday, March 26 at 10:00 a.m. The presentation will provide new insight in the design for sacred space, especially in contemporary houses of worship. Doug will illustrate elements of design that contribute to transforming "ordinary" space into sacred space using images from his new book Seeking the Sacred in Contemporary Religious Architecture, published by Kent State University Press.  Doug is a trustee of CRS and a practicing architect and principal with Weber Murphy Fox. He is the past Chair of IFRAA (Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, & Architecture), a knowledge community of the American Institute of Architects, and was the managing editor of Faith & Form magazine. The March 26 presentation, followed by a book signing, will take place at CRS's Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland. Copies of Doug's book will be available for purchase ($34.95).

 

2011 Preservation Leadership Training

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that the 2011 Preservation Leadership Training (PLT) will be held from June 11-18 at Woodlawn, a National Trust historic site in Alexandria, Virginia. PLT is an intensive one-week experience tailored to respond to the needs of state and local preservation organizations and agencies. It includes a participatory experience in leadership and organizational development techniques and provides the most up-to-date and effective information and training in current preservation practices, issues, and action strategies. Apply to take part in PLT before April 1.

 

Ohio Chautauqua in Lakewood

The Lakewood Historical Society is bringing Ohio Chautauqua to Lakewood Park this summer to give living history presentations centered on a Civil War theme.  Ohio Chautauqua is a five-day traveling tent show that presents history in the compelling form of first person historical characterizations. This year's Ohio Chautauqua celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Each night in Lakewood Park costumed scholars will portray historic characters from the Civil War period. During the day, there will be children's workshops, adult programs, and Civil War-themed movies. Ohio Chautauqua in Lakewood will take place June 22 -26.


Events
 

Upcoming Events

  

March 2

"Branding for Communities: The Value of the Mark"

Webinar, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., FREE

Register here 

Heritage Ohio

 

March 9

"Engaging Retailers"

Defiance, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $ - $$$

Register here 

Heritage Ohio

 

March 12

SNOOP! of the Case Western Reserve University Alumni House

11310 Juniper Rd., Cleveland

10:00 a.m., FREE for CRS members

RSVP to CRS via email or by calling 216-426-3110

Cleveland Restoration Society 

 

March 16

"Lakewood in the Civil War"

Lakewood Public Library, Main Library Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood Historical Society 

 

March 20

"Beyond Cuyahoga County: Architectural Marvels from Cadiz to Casablanca"

Dunham Tavern, 6709 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

2:00 p.m.

RSVP to Barbara Flinn at 216-371-5917 by 3/12

Western Reserve Architectural Historians

 

March 23

"Main Street 101"

Urbana

9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $

Register here 

Heritage Ohio

 

March 23

Historic Theater and Cinema Workshop

Massillon, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., $

Register here 

Heritage Ohio

 

March 25

Historic Tax Credit Workshop

Toledo

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., $ 

Register here  

Heritage Ohio

 

March 25

Hisaka Exhibit Opening Reception

Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Ave, Lakewood

6:00 p.m.

Cleveland Artists Foundation 

 

March 26

"Markers of the Sacred" Book Discussion and Signing

Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland

10:00 - 10:30 a.m., FREE

Cleveland Restoration Society  

 

March 30

Cogswell Hall Tour

7200 Franklin Blvd., Cleveland

3:30 - 5:00 p.m., FREE for USGBC members, $10 for all others

Registration required 

NEO Chapter of the US Green Building Council

 

March 30

"Energy Efficiency and Your Old House"

Our Lady of Peace School, 12401 Buckingham Rd., Cleveland

6:30 - 8:00 p.m., FREE

Cleveland Restoration Society 

Shaker Square Area Development Corporation

 

March 30

"Clevelanders in the Civil War"

Lakewood Public Library, Main Library Auditorium

7:00 p.m.

Lakewood Public Library

Lakewood Historical Society 

 

March 31

Energy Efficiency Celebration Forum

Cleveland State University

Glickman-Miller Hall, Roberta Steinbacher Atrium,1717 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

4:00 - 6:00 p.m., FREE

Sustainable Cleveland 2019

 

March 31

Panel Discussion: "Modern Mid-Century Architecture"

Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Ave, Lakewood

6:00 p.m.

Cleveland Artists Foundation 

 

 

Save the Date

 

April 14

Panel Discussion: "The Art of Architecture"

Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Ave, Lakewood

6:00 p.m.

Cleveland Artists Foundation 

 

April 16

Lakewood Home Fair

Harding Middle School, 16601 Madison Ave., Lakewood

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

April 16

Walking Tour of the Gordon Square District

West 65th Street and Detroit Avenue, Cleveland

2:00 p.m.

RSVP to Barbara Flinn at 216-371-5917 by 4/9

Western Reserve Architectural Historians

 

April 26-28

2011 Annual Preservation & Revitalization Statewide Conference

"Rehabbing Ohio's Economy; Leveraging Your Local Resources"

Columbus

Heritage Ohio 

 

 

 

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